Political Party Systems - Research Article from Governments of the World

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Two Types of Systems Without Parties

Some countries never have had any parties at all, if the polity is very traditional (Brunei, for instance, but also Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states) or very small (some Pacific Island states). In such cases independents prevail in politics. In other cases a party-based regime existed but was toppled, for instance, by the military, as in Burma (Myanmar), and a nonparty regime established; or a civil war has occurred and the country has ceased effectively to

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Distribution of Party Systems Across the World, 2003
No party One party One-party dominates Two-party Two and one-half- or three-party Multiparties dominate Multi-party Total
SOURCE: Courtesy of author.
Western 5 9 3 6 23
Eastern Europe 1 2 10 4 17
Former Soviet Union 3 1 1 3 3 11
Asia 5 5 2 4 5 3 1 25
Africa, South of Sahara 8 1 21 8 6 4 48
Middle East and North Africa 6 5 2 1 2 3 19
Latin America 2 2 13 6 3 26
Caribbean 4 3 &#x...

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